A pair of medieval women shoes made from wool and ceramic have been found in Wales, archaeologists have said.
The shoes were found in the Welsh town of Sorel, on the banks of the River Glyn, which runs through the city of Wrexham.
The artefacts were unearthed in the late 19th Century and dated to between the 15th and 18th Centuries.
Wrexham City Council, which owns the site, said they were in the hands of the National Museum of Wales, which has been working to identify the objects.
Archaeologists have also been working with local residents and community groups to find out more about the shoes.
Archivist Peter Wilson, who led the excavations, said the items were found on the site by a local woman who was excavating for land at the time.
“The materials are quite rare and it’s quite difficult to find them,” he said.
“We have to go through the usual process of obtaining permission from the council.”
She got permission from a couple of local people, then they got permission to come and excavate them.
“Mr Wilson said the shoe was made of leather and was decorated with beads and shells, including two beads, one of which was found to have a wooden handle.”
It’s not unusual for archaeologists to find these types of objects in medieval times, but they’re particularly rare in Wales,” he added.”
This was the first of these type of shoes we’ve found.
“The shoes had been covered with a cloth that was made from the remnants of pottery and clay, he said, adding the items may have been brought to Wales by travellers during the 19th and early 20th Centurys.”
What’s really special about these shoes is that they’re made from clay and wool and are very rare in that area,” Mr Wilson said.